This page is dedicated to, and honors the memory of, my courageous and resilient Irish ancestors. As an Irish-American woman, educator and author, I have a great interest in encouraging the promotion of the Irish culture so that everyone may enjoy our rich Celtic heritage. I hope you find the Irish-American and Irish history information and resources on this page useful. I hope you will find what you seek here. Enjoy!
Hugh Monaghan was born in Templecarn, Croagh, Tirhugh, Donegal, Ireland. Hugh's parents were William Monaghan of Templecarn and Mary Gallagher of Shekinatawy, Inver, Banagh, Donegal, Ireland. Hugh emigrated from Donegal to the US aboard the ship Clare during An Gorta Mor, the Great Hunger. Hugh arrived on June 6, 1849 in NYC only 19 and illiterate. It was never his desire to leave his beloved Donegal; he had no choice. Had he not emigrated, he would have died of starvation just as millions of Irish men, women and children did. Through his courage and determination, he gave us, his descendants, the most precious gifts of life and freedom.
Hugh lived with relatives on Columbus Avenue in NYC for a few years and then in Charlestown, Massachusetts before moving to Portland, Maine where most of the family still resides. He married another emigrant of the starvation, Margaret McGuirk. and had two sons: Thomas and William Hugh (my g-granda). William Hugh married Margaret Dunne who was a teacher in Sherbrooke, Canada. Her parents were John Dunn (born in Canada) and Mary Maguire (who, after John Dunn's death, married an O'Neill), also an emigrant from Ireland. Their daughter was my grandmother: Grace Elizabeth Monaghan. Grace could sing with the best of them!
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